Bryant eager to join Team USA in 2010, ’12

This should make EVERY Lakers/NBA fan very happy!

O.C. Register: “The best player on the planet,” as Spurs coach Gregg Popovich called Kobe Bryant late Wednesday night, can’t wait to make the Earth move some more in 2010 and ’12.

Bryant said Wednesday night he is willing to commit to play for USA Basketball in 2010 at the FIBA World Championship in Turkey in an attempt to qualify for the 2012 Olympics in London, where Bryant expects to go for the gold again.

“The chance to represent your country, that’s not even a thought-process for me,” Bryant said Wednesday. “If they want me to be on it, I’m all game.”

Bryant’s words should stabilize the U.S. ship at a time when many of Bryant’s teammates from the 2008 Olympic gold-medal team are choosing to be future international men of mystery.

USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo wants to bring back his best players for 2010, because if the U.S. can win the world championship, it would avoid playing in an Olympic qualifying tournament in 2011 and could rest its top guns that summer.

The two other leading weapons on the recent U.S. team, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, are uncertain about 2010. Both might be navigating NBA free agency that summer if they opt out of their current contracts with Cleveland and Miami, respectively.

But Bryant, who can opt out of his Lakers contract this summer, suggested an intention to remain a Laker with his unsolicited quip about facing off with Lakers teammate Pau Gasol for the 2010 world championship.

“Plus, I want to give Pau a chance to avenge his defeat,” Bryant said with a smile about future international competition.

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  • 09champs!

    This is fantastic, Kobe earned the respect of his teammates in the 2008 summer. Everybody returned saying they were inspired by how hard he works and that they wanted to work like him and have his work ethic. Carmelo, Wade and even LeBron wanted to be like Kobe , so the argument of LBJ better than KB is senseless.

    • Cavs10

      you’re right, it isnt an argument. Lebron will beat Kobe any day, and court, any time.

  • http://57.amklac robert eats matard

    hey bitch, represent your country….man up and enlist…. ARMY..NAVY…any a hole can play basktball.THAT MIGHT TAKE A LITTLE THOUGHT PROCESS..WHAT A LOSER.

    • KBGOAT

      Am trying hard to give a damm about you.

    • LC09

      ROBERT stfu u piece of shi t.. who da fu k r u to say sh it to kobe atleast hes tryin to represent his country u fu kin retard.. y da fu k wud kobe enlist to da army or navy ur a fu kin dumb fu k jus for even thinkin that.. stfu mofo u enlist n then u can say sum shit otherwise shut ur fu kin mouth

    • http://lakersnation showtime4eva

      robert eats terds we cant be wasting time reading your bitter little comments..but its to bad your mommas trick,,i mean your father didnt jack you off in a toilet..you suck.so go jump off a cliff ha ha ha ha

  • drive-for-16th

    robert eats matard get the fuk out of here, GO REPRESENT UR COUNTRY U FUK, GO JOIN THE ARMY, STOP TELLING OTHERS GO DO SOMETHING IN THE WORLD. FUCKIN FAGS LIKE U NEED TO LOOK AT UR SELF FIRST THEN TALK.

  • http://57.amklac robert eats matard

    dr for 666..or raider fan or whatever inbreed you are …don`t you think its funny the rapist thinks playing basketball does something for the USA?REALLY? you want to help this country grab a gun and get to pakistian .SO kobe is doing something for america?…what a joke.

  • http://57.amklac robert eats matard

    since LEBRONZEwill be the captain…he can tell bryant no.no.no.

    • KBGOAT

      who is lebron?

      • http://TheLakersNation LeSeek Fame

        I never heard of Lebron but Ive heard of LeSeek Fame…

    • http://lakersnation showtime4eva

      why do we talk about labron here or anywhere?so many players like him come an go.just a fairly good player,an thats it.lets talk about great players.let little ole clevland or cicinati or where ever worry about labron

      • http://TheLakersNation LameBron Shames

        no love for me…. LameBron Shames….